October 30, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Thanks to everyone who made our Open House so successful. I heard many compliments from our guests. Please encourage prospective families to register for the high school placement test and for shadowing.

Congratulations to Col. William Butler '86, Mrs. Lizanne Gundrum Ingram '78, Dr. Jack Selzer '66, and Mrs. Chris Gatio Haynes '74, who were honored at the Distinguished Alumni Celebration last week. Their talks were inspirational. They are exemplars of our school mission! Click here if you want to read more about these remarkable Rockets.

Jason Evert is speaking to an all-school assembly today. More than a million students in high schools across the world have heard Jason and his wife Crystalina speak about human sexuality and practicing the virtue of chastity. Of course it is challenging for high school students to navigate growing up with this beautiful gift from God. We hope today's presentation assists students with this challenge. Please keep our students in your prayers.

Best wishes for a Happy Halloween and joyful celebrations of All Saints and All Souls, remembering members of our families and of the McNicholas community who have gone before us.
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Oct. 31--  4-period block day (schedule usually on Wednesday)
Fri., Nov.1-- PM Mass schedule 
Classes will begin at 8:05 a.m.  Dismissal will be at 2:40 p.m. (note correction)

Mon., Nov 4--Monday-Tuesday-Friday (M-T-F) schedule
Tues., Nov. 5--
M-T-F schedule
Weds., Nov. 6--
Wednesday 4-period block day schedule
Thurs., Nov. 7-- Thursday 3- period block day/Explore Bell--dismissal at 2:10 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 8--M-T-F schedule

From the Counseling Department...
Scholarship opportunities
GE Credit Union Robert A. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships for college-bound high school seniors
Deadline: Jan. 14, 2020
Click here for more details.

Knights of Columbus scholarships

The Knights of Columbus are now accepting applications for their scholarship program for current students. The application deadline is Nov. 27, but applications may be turned into the Counseling Department by 8 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 26 for delivery.  Click here for more information and the application.

Senate Page Program accepting applications
The Senate Page Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students (especially juniors) who have a desire to learn and contribute to our nation's legislative process. There are a total of 30 pages per session and each is appointed by a senator.  Senator Portman is honored to be able to participate in this highly-competitive program by appointing one student per session. Pages attend academically-rigorous classes in the morning at the U.S. Senate Page School, a program fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
To apply through Senator Portman's office, you must be an Ohio resident, a junior in high school who will be 16 or 17 years of age, but not yet 18 years old on or before the date of appointment, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Ohio applicants need to complete the  online application . November 15, 2019 for the Spring 2020 session, which starts on January 27, 2020 and ends on June 5, 2020.
Additionally, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Dave Straka in Sen. Portman's  Washington, D.C. office for more information at (202) 224-3353, or check out our website at  www.portman.senate.gov .

MSJ School of Education event
Mount St. Joseph University's School of Education will host a free event on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for high school students who are considering a career in education or a related field.  Call 244-4801 for more information or see your counselor.

Campus Ministry

Solemnity of All Saints Mass
This Friday, November 1, we will gather as a school community in order to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints at 1:15 pm in the Guardian Angels sanctuary. We will be joined by Fr. Tony Stephens, who serves as Vice-Rector and Director of Formation 
at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary's Seminary. All members of the extended McNicholas community are welcome and invited to join us for this celebration.

NO Friday Morning Mass This Week

Because we will gather as a community in celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints, there will also be NO MASS BEFORE SCHOOL on Friday, November 1. The Friday morning Mass before school will resume with Fr. Dave Endres presiding on Friday, November 8.

Class of 2021 Kairos Retreat Discernment

Parents of Juniors, members of the Campus Ministry Team are visiting with juniors in Theology classes this week to talk with the Class of 2021 about their upcoming Kairos retreat options. This school year, we will be able to offer a small number of spaces for juniors on our January 21-24 retreat, and the March 17-20 retreat will be solely for members of the junior class.   
Juniors are receiving the forms by which they can make their preferences known this week, and we ask that students discern which retreats will work best for them, especially as they consider what other commitments they may have during the next 12 months.
The first day on which the forms can be submitted is next Monday, November 4, and all forms should be returned to Mrs. Sandmann no later than November 8th in order to have preferences considered while discerning retreat groups.
On Campus

McNicholas students see healthcare fields in Mercy Medical Explorers Program
Students from McNicholas High School considering a career in the medical field are exploring some real-life medical situations with the Mercy Medical Explorers Program. Click here to read more.

Coat Drive--through Nov. 15
The McNicholas Service Club is sponsoring its annual Coat Drive from through November 15. Gently used or new coats as well as other cold weather items will be collected in the theology hall.  Coats will benefit neighbors through St. Vincent de Paul. Women's L and XL sizes especially needed. 

Student Council Magazine Drive
If you have any extra magazines around your house, please bring them into the library! We will be donating them to the local hospital. Magazines are always in demand, so any and all donations help. The magazine drive will be running all year, so feel free to drop them in the library anytime!

TONIGHT--Band's Fall Concert

Join the McNicholas music students for sounds of the season on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. in the McNicholas Cafe. The band will be led by director Mr. Keith Nance.

DEADLINE TOMORROW--Ski Club and discounted passes at Perfect North
Family and friends of the McNicholas community are welcome to join the McNicholas Ski Club. The deadline for discounted pass purchase (30% savings) is Thursday, Oct. 31 Pick up your passes from the Perfect North Ticket Window  on the first day you ski or after October 1.
How to purchase your club pass online:
  1. Go to http://www.perfectnorth.com 
  2. Scroll to the bottom to Club Login 
  3. Scroll to find McNicholas Ski Club
  4. Sign in on the club page. 
  5. Username: mcnick
  6. Password: downhill
  7. Use the 3 line menu in the upper left corner and select the pass you would like
  8. Follow the prompts to finish purchasing your season pass
If you have any questions about ski club or ski club spirit wear please reach out to Ms. Gaskins at mgaskins@mcnhs.org.

Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets also available at the door.

Taylor to run at state championships

Junior Charlie Taylor qualified to compete in the Ohio State Cross Country Championships by finishing 12th at last week's regional meet in Troy.  The Men's Division 2 race will be held at National Trail Raceway this Saturday, November 2, at 2:15 pm.  The address of the course is 2650 National Road SW  Hebron, Ohio 43125. Good luck to Charlie!

Football hosts Badin Friday
Varsity football will host its final home game of the season against Badin this Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m.  Presale tickets will be available through the week in the athletic office and on Friday at all lunches.
Men's basketball tryouts
Men's basketball tryouts begin this Friday, Nov 1. Please contact Mr. Monahan at tmonahan@mcnhs.org to receive details on tryouts or consult the emails sent out in October.
Winter sports Meet the Coach-Nov. 6
Meet the Coach for Winter sports is Next Wednesday, November 6 in the CafĂ© at 6:30 pm.  Parents of athletes participating in basketball, bowling, swimming and wrestling are invited to meet the coaches of their respective teams.  Individual team meetings will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m., signs will be posted indicating the location of each team.  If you attended Mr. Heise's portion of the meeting in August, you do not need to arrive until 6:45 p.m. 

National Signing Day on November 13
The first national Signing Day for the 2019-20 school year will be Wednesday, November 13, at 2:45 p.m. in the library.  Athletes who wish to participate need to send the following to Mrs. Rohlfs by Friday, November 8.
D1 & D2 signees:
  • Copy of the letter of intent.
  • Written statement from the coach or school stating the financial gift
  • Bio of athletic accomplishments while in high school. Indicate years played, honors, etc.
  • Action photo as a jpg file
  • Logo from the college you will be attending
D3 signees:
  • Celebratory signing form.
  • Written statement from the coach on the athlete's intent to participate.
  • Bio of athletic accomplishments while in high school. Indicate years played, honors, etc.
  • Action photo as a jpg file
  • Logo from the college you will be attending

After Prom Meeting - Looking for New Volunteers!
Even though it feels like spring is a long way away, it's time to start preparing for After Prom 2020! Quite a few of our parent volunteers will be 'graduating' next spring as they send their youngest students off to college so we're looking for some new faces! We'd love to have freshman, sophomore and junior parents join us to learn the ropes and so that we can keep the amazing After Prom tradition going in future years. (Of course, senior parents are welcome with open arms, too!) There are many, many different ways to volunteer for After Prom. And, you don't have to attend After Prom to get involved. We can find something to meet any parent's schedule or interests. Volunteering for After Prom is a great way to meet and spend time with other McNick parents, and the result is an incredible event that keeps our kids safe. If you are interested in learning about After Prom volunteer opportunities, please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 in the library at McNick. Can't make the meeting but interested in more information? Please contact Kirsten Hagenbarth at khagenbarth@gmail.com.

Get involved with PTSA!
Click here for a list of our events and meetings. All meetings are open, everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend!

In the Community

The McNicholas High School Alumni Association is pleased to host the first
McNicholas Craft Fair
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McNicholas High School Gym
6536 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Free admission...Free parking


15th Annual Nick Erdy Foundation Dinner, Dance and Auction
Saturday, November 23
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Norlyn Manor
4440 St. Route 132
Batavia, Ohio
Open Bar ** Silent Auction ** Dinner - Provided by Texas Roadhouse ** DJ ** Dancing **   Raffle ** Split-the-Pot
$60 / person before Nov. 01 $75 / person after Nov. 01
Casual Evening Attire
For information and on-line reservations, visit www.nickerdyfoundation.org

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